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Feel Free to Hate Belichick and Brady

Sanha Ryoo, The Sports Quotient

Pats' Shrinking Window Demands Action

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald

Sorry, Haters, Patriots Are Here to Stay

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

Belichick Wanted Rule That Beat Patriots

Les Carpenter, The Guardian

Inside Story on Gostkowski's Miss

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News

As an Indianapolis Colts fan and proud member of ColtsNation since the Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison days, like many of my fellow fans, there were parts of my life in which I abso...(full article)

Hard to believe Tom Brady will be creeping even closer to classic, “over the hill” age of 40 at the start of next season. While everyone continues to look for signs of aging,...(full article)

The New England Patriots do not have a Super Bowl window. When you've been to a decade's worth of AFC Championship Games with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick already, and the rest of ...(full article)

Here is what the New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the NFL’s competition committee two years ago as he argued for the extra point attempt to be moved from the two-...(full article)

As things turned out, neither Phil Simms nor Jim Nantz provided the key piece of analysis as Denver deflated New England’s hopes for a second straight trip to the Super Bowl with...(full article)

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